Trippple Nippples

Aug 18, 2011

Trippple Nippples

You’re based in Japan, how was it playing at Summer Sonic? Joseph Lamont (bass/synth/guitar): Awesome. It was weird having the festival’s security guards hold Yuka’s feet when she was walking along the barrier at the front of the crowd. We need to get our ...

Yelle

Aug 18, 2011

Yelle

Your show was packed. Yes. I never expected it to be like that; I prefer to think it’s going to be hard, a challenge every time. So it was a really good surprise. Sometimes when the emotion is too intense I can cry on ...

Summer Sonic prepares for an Asian invasion

Aug 11, 2011

Summer Sonic prepares for an Asian invasion

Amid all the rivalry between Japanese and South Korean pop groups and the contrived debates about whether the manufactured crap from one country is better than the manufactured crap from the other, fans of independent or alternative music have been left scratching their heads. ...

Local heroes take Japanese video games to the world

| Jun 29, 2011

Local heroes take Japanese video games to the world

Japan may not be the all-conquering video-game powerhouse it once was, but there are still plenty of gamers in the West who want to get their hands on the latest “Mario,” “Final Fantasy” or “Street Fighter” title. And it goes without saying that they ...

Superfly takes a heavy trip

| Jun 17, 2011

Superfly takes a heavy trip

Hang on a minute, how did this happen? Somehow hippie-loving 1960s-throwback pop songstress Superfly has got, like, totally heavy, man. While her previous studio album, 2009′s “Box Emotions,” featured a couple of belters, new release “Mind Travel” does away with soppy ballads almost completely, ...

Red Bacteria Vacuum

Jun 16, 2011

Red Bacteria Vacuum

With a rough, raw and raucous hardcore-punk edge and a balls-out live show, Red Bacteria Vacuum have become one of Japan’s most revered underground bands. Formed in Osaka in 1998, the trio — Ikumi (guitar/vocals), Kassan (bass/vocals) and Jasmine (drums), none of whom use ...

Puffyshoes just wanna have fun

Jun 9, 2011

Puffyshoes just wanna have fun

Shorter is nearly always better. The Pixies managed to cram three verses and choruses into just 94 seconds on “Trompe le Monde” track “Palace of the Brine,” and it became one of the best songs they ever wrote. And just look at almost any ...

Gekijoban Shinsei Kamattechan (Shinsei Kamattechan the Movie)

| May 20, 2011

Gekijoban Shinsei Kamattechan (Shinsei Kamattechan the Movie)

Director: Yu Irie Language: Japanese Like The Beatles, Elvis and Guitar Wolf before them, rising Japanese Net-savvy meta-punk band Shinsei Kamattechan have got their own movie. It follows several threads — one based on the major-label band’s (fictional) struggle to retain artistic freedom, the ...

Go! Team hope to rock Japan in a good way

May 12, 2011

Go! Team hope to rock Japan in a good way

“People are scaredy-cats, aren’t they?” laughs Ian Parton, founder of British cut-and-paste kitsch-pop outfit The Go! Team, when told that many Western bands have canceled their Japan tours in the wake of March’s radiation-tinged triple disaster in the Tohoku region. Luckily, Parton and Co. ...

Wright, Cera get 1-up in 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World'

Apr 29, 2011

Wright, Cera get 1-up in 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World'

“Scott in the comics almost reminds me of Homer Simpson; you get to see what’s going on in his head, and there’s not much going on,” says Hollywood indie poster-boy Michael Cera when asked about his role as the title character in the adrenaline-soaked ...